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First ever photographs of the reclusive flatback turtle.The ocean giant, which can swim at speeds of up to 24km/h and grows to an impressive 1.2m in length, was only identified as a separate species in 1988. (Australian turtle)

Did you know? It is a long swim to maturity for sea turtles. It is estimated that 1 in 1000 survives the first year, and as few as 1 in 5,000 - 10,000 survive to adulthood.

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Beautiful Sea Turtles